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Rick Bayless
Oregano origins can matter
Oregano origins can matter

Q: I found a recipe that called for Mexican Oregano is this different than the Italian Oregano that I have in my spice rack? —Andrew Maselli, Chicago A: Yes, the two are different plants and each oregano has its own "personality," according to Patty Erd, co-owner of The Spice House store chain. She described Mexican oregano as being more robust than Italian or Mediterranean oregano and better suited to full-flavored chile-spiked dishes. In his book, "Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen," the Chicago-based restaurateur, television cooking show host and author wrote that Mexican oregano is "considerably different" than the Mediterranean type. Just take...